Exposing criminals on Lagos-Ibadan highway, IG tells communities

The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the urgent reorganization of the security architecture on the roads in response to reports from the Police Commissioners in charge of the Lagos, Ogun and Oyo state commands about the security situation in Lagos- Ibadan Expressway.

Force spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement obtained by our correspondents on Tuesday, said this would ensure proper deployment of officers and resources to protect lives and property along the highway and prevent kidnappings.

Adejobi’s statement noted: “The IG promises adequate operational support in the form of technology-based and tactical operational assets to the CPs in charge of Lagos, Ogun and Oyo and the heads of tactical operational units in the area to combat the current crime and criminality trend on the Lagos-Ibadan highway.

“Similarly, Baba has called on well-meaning Nigerians, particularly road users, hunters, community leaders and other stakeholders who walk the route, to constantly expose known criminals who terrorize Nigerians. innocent along the way.

In reaction, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Gani Adams, said South-West security stakeholders were ready to work with the police to drive the kidnappers out of the forest within two weeks.

Adams said: “What the IG said is a welcome development because around the world, it’s not just government security agencies tackling insecurity in their country.

“I am sure that if they allow us to work together on that path, within two or three weeks, the issue of insecurity will be a thing of the past.

“We have a security collation, consisting of VGN, Agbekoya, hunters, OPC, isokan Yoruba. We are 11 different groups that came together and we have structures in all local government areas in the Yoruba race.”

Meanwhile, the traditional ruler of one of the communities along the Lagos-Ibadan Highway said local security agents are combing the forest for the kidnappers.

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